LOS ANGELES – An annual Christmas season tradition for Filipinos in downtown Los Angeles kicked off Monday night.
With a procession of parols, over 2,000 people came to the Los Angeles Archdiocese to kick off of Simbang Gabi at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.
In a mass celebrated by Archbishop Jose Gomez, the theme this year is mercy and compassion. The event was also the community’s way of welcoming Pope Francis who will be visiting the Philippines next month.
Dozens of churches from the community have blessed their parols at this first mass before completing the 10-day spiritual tradition at their home parish.